Abba David Poliakoff

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Abba David Poliakoff is Chairman of the Firm's Securities Practice Group and Israel Practice Group, and a member of the Firm's Business Law Group. After law school, Abba joined the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., where he became a senior attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance. From 1980 to 1983, when he joined the Firm, Abba was associated with the Wall Street law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York.

Abba is active in a variety of areas in the law. Abba's business law practice includes corporate and securities law, venture capital, and intellectual property. He is counsel to public and private entities, consisting of both larger corporations as well as emerging or developing businesses. His experience includes capital formation, including public offerings and private placements; mergers and acquisitions; corporate and commercial financing; and general legal and business consulting. Abba's practice has focused on technology, biotech, intellectual property, and he represents venture capital funds as well as private investors.

Having participated as a panelist in various legal seminars on securities law and commercial financing, Abba has authored a number of publications on those subjects in journals such as the University of Baltimore Law Review; The Forum Law Journal; Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL); The American Bar Association (ABA); National Business Institute; Bowne Digest for Corporate and Securities Lawyers; Aspen Law & Business Journal; Maryland Business Law Watch; The Daily Record and The Maryland Bar Journal.

Abba is currently a member of the Maryland State Bar Association's Business Law Section and former Chair of its Committee on Securities. In addition, he is a member of the American Bar Association's Business Law Committee.  Formerly he was a member of the Business Regulations Article Review Committee of the Committee to Revise the Maryland Annotated Code. He is listed in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business and was named in the 2007 - 2016 editions of Best Lawyers In America for his work in Corporate and Securities Law and the 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions for Commercial Litigation.  Abba was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2013 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Securities/Capital Markets Law.  He was named by Maryland's Daily Record as an "Influential Marylander" for 2013.

Abba is Chairman Emeritus of the Maryland/Israel Development Center, a joint venture between the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade.  He is also a co-founder and on the board of the Middle Eastern Chamber of Commerce of Maryland.

Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. has appointed Abba as Co-Chair of Maryland's newly formed Regulatory Reform Commission, which will review the State's business regulations with a view to reducing the regulatory burden on business without jeopardizing the safety and welfare of Maryland residents. Abba was also a member of Governor Hogan's transition team, co-chairing the Business Regulation Review Committee.  In 2009, Governor Martin J. O'Malley appointed Abba to the Governor's International Advisory Council on International Commerce and Trade.   He was also appointed by Maryland Governor Robert C. Ehrlich, Jr. to the Governor's Transition Committee.

Abba currently serves on a number of Boards, including the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Board of Directors of the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, the Board of Directors of Champions Oncology, Inc., the Board of the JET Incubator of Baltimore and on several advisory boards.  In his community work, he is a member of the Board of Directors and First Vice President of the Baltimore Jewish Council; on the Board of Directors of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; Vice Chairman of the Board of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital; and on the Investment Subcommittee and on the Government Relations Committee of LifeBridge Health.  Abba was the former President for the Maryland Region of the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA), a past president of the Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Board of Baltimore, formerly on the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and formerly Chairman of its Legislative Committee.


  • AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient of Hanan Sibel Maryland/Israel Business Leadership Award, April 2014
  • Named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2013 Baltimore "Lawyer of the Year" in Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Named by Maryland's Daily Record as an "Influential Marylander" for 2013
  • Listed in Best Lawyers In America for Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation for 2007 - 2016 and for Commercial Litigation for 2014, 2015, 2016 
  • Named to the 2007 - 2015 lists of Maryland Super Lawyers in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine for Business/Corporate Law
  • Named in 2007 and 2008 as one of SmartCEO's SmartLawyers
  • Listed in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015


Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Member, Government Relations Committee of LifeBridge Health, Inc.
  • Co-Chair, Regulatory Reform Commission of Maryland (appointed by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. in 2015)
  • Member, Governor's International Advisory Council on International Commerce and Trade (appointed by Governor Martin J. O'Malley in 2009 - 2014)
  • Member, Board of Directors of BioTechnology Institute of Maryland
  • Member, Board of Directors of JET Incubator of Baltimore
  • Chairman Emeritus, Maryland Israel Development Center
  • Member, Board of Directors of The Associated:  Jewish Federation of Baltimore
  • Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Baltimore Jewish Council
  • Member, Board of Directors and Vice-Chairman of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Inc.
  • Member, Investment Committee and Government Relations Committee of the Board of Directors of LifeBridge Health
  • Appointed by Governor Robert C. Ehrlich, Jr. to Governor's Transition Team
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Section, Committee on Securities
  • Member, American Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

  • "New SEC Rules Focus on Financial Accountability," The Daily Record (March 22, 2003)
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley Act," Maryland Bankers Association: September 25, 2002
  • "Employee Benefits For Decision Makers: Current Issues Facing Retirement Plans and Health and Welfare Plans," LORMAN Seminar: June 27, 2002
  • "Communicating with Securities Analysts," Maryland Business Law Watch (February 1999)

Focus of Practice


J.D., magna cum laude, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1977
Heuisler Honor Society
Editor, Law Review
Associate Editor, The Forum Law Journal

B.T.L., 1973, Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Loyola College

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1977
  • Washington D.C., 1978

Did You Know?

Abba was named by "Best Lawyers in America 2016" for Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation and has been on the list for 10 years. Abba is also listed in Chambers USA "America's Leading Lawyers for Business."